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Urban Planning Research Guide: Finding Articles

SearchPlus searches across multiple resources

SearchPlus provides one-stop access to most of the MSU Library's collections, including:

  • The Michigan State University Library Catalog
  • Articles, reference materials, and e-books from various publishers and aggregators

To search, use the search box on the library's home page

For more information, see

Urban Planning Articles

Newspaper articles

Newspapers can be a valuable tool for finding communities experiencing certain planning issues. 

Mega Journal Indexes

Accessing Articles Full Text

The indexing tools on this research guide provide a link from each item found "Find Text @ MSU" which will help you discover if the found item is available through MSU Libraries.  If the item is a magazine or journal article, AND if MSU Libraries has purchased online access to the journal, the article should pop up full text.  If not, you will receive an intermediary screen that will guide you to lookup the publication title in the Library's Online Catalog.

Requesting Articles or Book Chapters

1. Verify MSU's holdings in our library catalog or use our A-Z listing of MSU's electronic journal titles. 

2. If the periodical you need is not available, you are ready to try interlibrary loan. Here's a few helpful hints:

  • Help us find exactly what you need by providing the ISSN. 
  • Note that some serials change titles one or more times during their publication history; make sure that the number you provide includes the years that correspond to your request.

To submit a request for a book chapter, follow the same procedure as you would to submit an article; choose "Book Chapter" from the left-hand side menu in ILLiad or, if you are a Distance User (>50 miles from Campus), use the copy option.

  • Each chapter requires a separate request.
  • In most cases, a library may provide a maximum of 2-3 chapters, or 50 pages. We reserve the right to cancel any requests that exceed a library's copying limit. If you need more than two chapters out of a volume, please submit a loan request and we will try to obtain the volume itself.


Subject Guide

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Kathleen Weessies
Geosciences Librarian; Social Sciences Coordinator; Head, Map Library
MSU Libraries
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Subjects:Geography, Geology

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